TAMARAW Population Count 2015
The 2015 Tamaraw Population Count was held in Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park on April 10-17, 2015 and was participated by representatives from DENR-MIMAROPA Regional and Provincial Offices.
Tamaraw (Bubalus mindorensis), an endemic and smallest species of carabao only found in the province of Mindoro, is one of the world’s most endangered faunal species with a conservation status of Critically Endangered according to the IUCN (International Union for the Conservation of Nature) and as per DAO No. 15 Series of 2014.
The Tamaraw Population Count is an activity of the Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP) conducted annually since 2000. The method used in counting is technically termed as the Intensive Concentration Counts (ICC) or Multi-Vantage Point Count (SMPC). The method is simultaneously conducted in all of the eighteen (18) stations established within Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park wherein a highest vantage point was selected for each observation sites/stations. From the established highest point, the number of Tamaraw that will appear will subsequently be counted and identified based on age/maturity level as well as its behavior and time of sighting. The count was conducted in the morning at 5:30 to 7:30 a.m and late afternoon at 5 to 6:30 p.m for five (5) consecutive days.
The representatives of DENR-MIMAROPA Regional Office: Danilo M. Villanueva, Maria Teresita P. David, Jr., Loreen M. Belza and Karla S. Mangundayao; Occidental Mindoro: PASu of Apo Reef Natural Park Fe Raguindin and staff; Oriental Mindoro: Ricardo Natividad and Marinduque PASu of Marinduque Wildlife Santuary Efren L. delos Reyes were all assigned in the Magawang station. The count started in the late afternoon of April 11, 2015 and ended in the morning of April 16, 2015. After the last count, the team travelled back to the TCP Office headed by its coordinator and PASu of MIBNP, Forester Rodel Boyles, for the consolidation of all data gathered in all of the stations. The data consolidation was held on April 17, 2015 and was participated by representatives from Far Eastern University (FEU), World Wildlife Fund (WWF), DENR Regional Office Staff, PENRO-PAWCZMS Chief of Oriental Mindoro staff, PASu of Marinduque Wildlife Santuary, PASu of Mts. Iglit-Baco National Park and TCP Coordinator, and Tamaraw Conservation Program (TCP) Staff. The result of the consolidation showed six percent (6%) increase in population or twenty three (23) additional heads of Tamaraw compared from the previous year (2014). The population of Tamaraw in 2014 was 382 and 405 for this year (2015). (Danilo M. Villanueva, Ma. Teresita P. David, Jr., Loreen M. Belza, Karla S. Mangundayao).